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stripes, and between them lie in  many cases  shadow-stripes  of a
faint brown.

All these animals, and the Quagga too, are absolutely
confined to Africa. Mr. B. Cmwshay,1 in describing what he
considered to be a new variety, remarked upon the curiosity of
JE. burchelli. ff They remain out in the sun on the plains all day
long, not retiring into covert at all. They are then an intoler-
able nuisance to any one in pursuit of other game; indeed this
may be said of them at all times. If once they notice you, they

FIG. 127.—Harebell's Zebra.     JSgytus %urcMm.    x-jfo.
draw in and mob you in their curiosity—only, however, when
one takes no interest in them, for when they fancy they axe the
object of the intruder's attention, no animals are more watchful
and cunning in safeguarding themselves. If only their curiosity
were manifested in silence it would not so much matter, but it
vents Itself in snorts and thundering stampedes, which puts every
beast within earshot on the gwi wive"
Whether Burchell's Zebra2 can be further subdivided into
species or sub-species appears to be doubtful. Dr. Matschie
considers that JSgw&B boehmi may be regarded as a valid form,
and in addition to this two sub-species, M. fturchelli g?ran£i and
1 JVoc. Zool. Sac. 1895, p. 688.
8 See Fooock, Ann. JVofc Sist* (6) xx. 1897, p. 33.